First ‘smart’ pistol hits shelves in California

by Brendan McGarry,
February 21, 2014

The first so-called “smart gun” has hit the shelves at U.S. retail outlets, including one of the biggest firearms stores in California, according to the Washington Post.

The Smart System iP1, a .22-caliber pistol made by the German gun-maker Armatix GmbH, can only function with an accompanying wristwatch, which is sold separately.

When the RFID-equipped watch is activated by a PIN number and placed near the gun — like when a shooter grips the handle — it sends a signal to unlock the gun and a light on the back of the weapon turns green, according to the report. Otherwise, the firearm stays locked and the light on the back remains red, it stated.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Gnowark says:

    I feel so much safer when a thief also has to steal a wristwatch or can only shoot in the vicinity of one (24″, or 12″, or 1″ depending on state of batteries?). The red/green idea is also very mature (I’m a throwback with gauges in my car). Even more fun: Watch sold separately. I see great acceptance of this from those who don’t think.

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